Jones Creek Regional Branch Reservations

Last month, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library hosted two Open House opportunities at the Jones Creek Regional Branch. Residents were invited to meet and chat with members of Library administration and staff who shared details about the renovation, including new floor plans, phasing information and more. Go to the Library’s website at www.ebrpl.com for continued updates. If you missed the Open House, here’s what was covered:

Planned Updated & New Amenities

DEDICATED SPACES FOR ALL AGES:

  •  Totally separate Children’s Room with Story Time Activity Space, Study Rooms & Reading Nooks
  • Totally separate Teen Space with dedicated Teen Activity Room & Study Rooms
    MEETING ROOMS & COLLABORATIVE SPACES:
  •  10 Collaborative Study Rooms, including Study Rooms in the Teen & Children’s areas
  • 1 Conference/Training Room with seating for 18 people
  • 3 Meeting Rooms, seating up to 264 people
  • 1 Quiet Room

EXPANDED & ENHANCED TECHNOLOGY:

  • 56 Computer Stations, including special area for Computer Classes
  • 2 Self Check Kiosks
  • 4 Copier/Print Stations
  • Digital Lab with 3D Printing
  • Enhanced technology in each Meeting Room & Collaborative Study Room
  • Improved book accessibility & increased browsing and display areas
  • Updated/Improved facilities to meet all current standards
  • Including a Family Restroom & a single use restroom
  • New square footage totals 37,706 sf., which is an increase of 3,501 sf. from the current 34,205 sf.

Renovation Process/Phased Construction

To minimize closures, construction will be done in two phases over 18 months. During each phase, a large portion of the building will be closed so that construction can take place in that specific area, while other areas remain open to the public to access books, the audio/visual collection and technology. A portion of the adult/teen book collection will be temporarily stored offsite. High-demand circulating items will remain on site. Because this will be an active construction site, not only will space be limited for programs, computer use and quiet study, but at times there also will be noise and other distractions. We apologize for this temporary inconvenience. Meeting Rooms also will be renovated; use will be limited. At times, restrooms will be unavailable but substitute facilities will be provided. Parking will be reduced during construction. Again, we apologize for this temporary inconvenience.

Veterans History Project

Attention Louisiana veterans! The Library of Congress wants to hear your story of service. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is hosting a Veterans History Project Event in collaboration with Congressman Graves and AARP Louisiana to conduct oral histories of U.S. veterans, which will be recorded, preserved and made accessible through the Library of Congress.

The Veterans History Project preserves the personal stories of actual U.S. veterans for future generations. Any U.S. veteran is eligible to participate, regardless of whether they deployed or saw combat.

The event will be held at the Main Library at Goodwood from 10 AM until 2 PM Thursday, August 1. Register for this event online.

City-Parish Talks Tech

Over the past several years, the City-Parish has made tremendous strides in developing and launching exciting digital initiatives, platforms, and technologies being used to improve quality of life for Baton Rouge residents. From the Red Stick 311 mobile app and Open Neighborhood BR platform to our award-winning GIS program and mapping products, we are focused on using technology wherever possible to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of City-Parish government.

Join us at the Goodwood Main Library Saturday, August 3rd, from 2-5 PM to learn more, watch technology demonstrations, ask questions, and share your thoughts about additional ways we can work together to build a more digital and connected Baton Rouge.

For more information, call (225) 389-3070 or email opendata@brla.gov.

Back to School Library Events

It may feel like July’s just getting started, but the start of this school year is just around the corner. With community back-to-school events all over the parish starting as early as this very weekend, why not stop by and get your kid (and/or yourself!) all prepped for the new year? Here’s a list of where the library will be through August:

Saturday, July 20

  • Democracy Prep Recruitment Fair and Library Card Sign up, 4055 Prescott Road, 8am-5pm
  • Salvation Army’s Backpack Giveaway, 4025 W. Brookstown, 8am-2pm
  • B2School Expo, New Gideon Baptist Church 2552 Balis Drive, 8am-2pm
  • Health Fair, Jewel J Newman Community Center 2013 Central Road, 9am-7pm
  • Community Block Party, (location TBA was Straightlife Baptist Church), 9am-3pm
  • McKinley Senior High School Annual Community Block Party, 800 East McKinley Street, noon-7pm
  • Apollo 11, Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, 5pm-1am

Sunday, July 21

  • B2School Carnival, St. John Baptist Church, 820 Old Rafe Meyer Road, 1pm-4pm

Tuesday, July 23

  • Books N Bytes, White Star Market, 4624 Government Street, 5pm-8pm

Wednesday, July 24

  • Laser’s Retirement Seminar, 8401 United Plaza Boulevard, 8am-1pm

Saturday, July 27

  • B2School Health Screening, BR General Mid-City, 8am-1pm
  • 4th Annual Back to School Expo, 5905 Groom Road Baker, 9am-1pm
  • Pack the Sack, MLK Community Center Gus Young, 4000 Gus Young Avenue, 9am-1pm
  • Summer Jam, Gus Young Park, 4200 Gus Young Avenue,  10am-4pm
  • Back2School Bash, Park Forest Elementary School, 10717 Elain Drive, Noon-4pm

Monday, July 29

  • B2School Block Party, 346 E. Buchannan Street, 10am-3pm

Tuesday, July 30

  • Welcome Back, Audubon Elementary, 10730 Goodwood Boulevard, 11am-3pm

Friday, August 2

  • Black Out Loud Conference, Southern University, Times TBA

Saturday, August 3 

  • Black Out Loud Conference, Southern University, Times TBA
  • 11th Annual District 6 Back to School Extravaganza, BRCC 201 Community College Drive, 8am-1pm
  • B2School supply give away, Zachary High School, 4100 Bronco Lane, 8am-1:30pm
  • Back to School, Great King David Church, 222 Blount Road, 9am-3pm
  • Capital City Collison’s Back to School, LA Leadership Institute, 5763 Hooper Road, 8am-noon
  • B2School Wellness Expo, Bethany Church, 13855 Plank Road, 10am-3pm

Sunday, August 4

  • Black Out Loud Conference, Southern University, Times TBA

Monday, August 5

  • South Baton Rouge Charter Orientation, 9211 Parkway Drive, 9am-3pm
  • Welcome Back, Audubon Elementary School, 10730 Goodwood Boulevard, 1pm-5pm

Tuesday, August 6

  • Welcome Back, THRIVE Academy, 2585 Brightside Drive, 11am-3pm
  • Welcome Back, THRIVE Academy, 2585 Brightside Drive, 4:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday, August 7

  • Welcome Back, THRIVE Academy, 2585 Brightside Drive, 4:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday, August 10

  • B2School Extravaganza, FYSC, 1120 Government Street, 7am-12:30pm
  • Give 365, 8240 Hooper Road, 9am-3pm (rescheduled from July 13th due to weather)
  • Community Outreach Day, Jordan Methodist Church 4619 Stearns Street, 9am-3pm
  • Riding Your Way to Success, Johnson’s Court 5505 Hollywood Street, 10am-2pm
  • National Health Care Day, Hartley/Vey Park, 1702 Gardere Lane, 10am-2pm
  • Back to School, Knock Knock Museum, 1900 Dalrymple Drive, 10am-4pm

Tuesday, August 13

  • Books N Bytes, White Star Market, 4624 Government Street, 5pm-8pm

Thursday, August 22

  • LSU House Party, Middleton Library, 8pm-1am

Saturday, August 31

  • Health and Wellness Fair, Faith Assembly Church, 5045 Greenwell Street, 8am-2pm

Popular Lynda Courses for July

Maybe you’ve heard that it’s going to be a long, wet weekend – never fear, the library has some great ways to keep yourself occupied while you stay out of the weather. Lynda’s free online classes are totally self-directed, and totally free with your library card! Here are the most popular classes with Baton Rougeans this month:

  1. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  2. Photoshop CC 2019 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  3. Managing Office Politics
  4. Cert Prep: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (100-105)
  5. Interpersonal Communication
  6. Learning Bentley MicroStation
  7. Revit 2019: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial)
  8. Customer Service Foundations
  9. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  10. FileMaker Pro 15 Essential Training

The Digital Library is always open!

Legends and Lore© Marker Program

Do you know a legend about your neighborhood? The Center for Louisiana Studies is partnering with the William C. Pomeroy Foundation to mark local legends and lore and preserve the mythic  history of the United States. Any legend or piece of local lore that is believed to be true, but cannot be historically verified, is eligible for inclusion in this new preservation program. For more information about what kind of stories are eligible and how to apply for a marker, visit the Center for Louisiana Studies’s website.